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Renault KWID 2015-2019

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Latest Update: The Kwid will get pricer by upto 3 per cent from April 1 2019 onwards. Renault has updated the feature list of the Kwid. It is now being offered with driver airbag, ABS, overspeed alert system and front seat belt reminder as standard. The carmaker has also introduced a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the Kwid. Read more on this here.

Renault Kwid Price and Variant: Prices for the Renault Kwid start from Rs 2.67 lakh and go up to Rs 4.63 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Renault Kwid is available in five variants: Standard, RXE, RXL, RXT and Climber.

Renault Kwid Engine and Mileage: The Renault Kwid comes with two petrol engine options: 0.8-litre (54PS/72Nm) and 1.0-litre (68PS/91Nm). While the 0.8-litre engine is mated to a 5-speed manual, the Renault Kwid 1.0-litre is available with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed AMT (automated-manual transmission). The smaller 0.8-litre engine returns a claimed fuel efficiency of 22.7kmpl, while the bigger 1.0-litre motor delivers a claimed fuel efficiency of 21.7kmpl. The 1.0-litre motor with the AMT gearbox is claimed to return 22.5kmpl.

Renault Kwid Features: The Renault Kwid packs a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a reverse parking camera, a digital speedometer, manual air con, power steering, a rear seat armrest, a 12V charger for rear passengers and a front wiper. Safety features comprise of a driver airbag, ABS, overspeed alert system, front seat belt reminder, central locking, front seat belts with pretensioners, retractable three-point rear seat belts and child safety locks for the rear doors.

Renault Kwid Rivals: The Renault Kwid competes with the new Hyundai Santro, Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Alto K10, Hyundai Eon and Datsun Redi Go

Renault KWID 2015-2019 price list (Variants)

Variants Ex-Showroom Price    
RXE Optional  (Discontinued)

799 cc, Manual, Petrol, 25.17 kmpl
Rs 3.07 Lakh
Reloaded 0.8  (Discontinued)

799 cc, Manual, Petrol, 25.17 kmpl
Rs 2.66 Lakh
STD  (Discontinued)

799 cc, Manual, Petrol, 25.17 kmpl
Rs 2.83 Lakh
RXE  (Discontinued)

799 cc, Manual, Petrol, 25.17 kmpl
Rs 3.53 Lakh
RXL  (Discontinued)

799 cc, Manual, Petrol, 25.17 kmpl
Rs 3.83 Lakh
RXT  (Discontinued)

799 cc, Manual, Petrol, 25.17 kmpl
Rs 3.6 Lakh
RXT Optional  (Discontinued)

799 cc, Manual, Petrol, 25.17 kmpl
Rs 3.98 Lakh
Reloaded 1.0  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Manual, Petrol, 23.01 kmpl
Rs 3.57 Lakh
1.0 RXT Optional  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Manual, Petrol, 23.01 kmpl
Rs 4.2 Lakh
1.0 RXL  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Manual, Petrol, 23.01 kmpl
Rs 3.54 Lakh
Climber 1.0 MT  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Manual, Petrol, 23.01 kmpl
Rs 4.45 Lakh
1.0  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Manual, Petrol, 23.01 kmpl
Rs 3.83 Lakh
AMT  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 24.04 kmpl
Rs 4.5 Lakh
Reloaded AMT 1.0  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 24.04 kmpl
Rs 3.87 Lakh
Climber 1.0 AMT  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 24.04 kmpl
Rs 4.75 Lakh
AMT RXL  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 24.04 kmpl
Rs 3.84 Lakh
SUPER SOLDIER 1.0 MT  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Manual, Petrol, 23.01 kmpl
Rs 4.34 Lakh
INVINCIBLE 1.0 AMT  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Manual, Petrol, 24.04 kmpl
Rs 4.94 Lakh
RXL 02 Anniversary Edition  (Discontinued)

799 cc, Manual, Petrol, 25.17 kmpl
Rs 3.42 Lakh
1.0 RXL 02 Anniversary Edition  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Manual, Petrol, 23.01 kmpl
Rs 3.64 Lakh
RXT 02 Anniversary Edition  (Discontinued)

799 cc, Manual, Petrol, 25.17 kmpl
Rs 3.76 Lakh
1.0 RXT 02 Anniversary Edition  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Manual, Petrol, 23.01 kmpl
Rs 3.97 Lakh
IRON MAN 1.0 MT  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Manual, Petrol, 23.01 kmpl
Rs 4.34 Lakh
IRON MAN 1.0 AMT  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 23.01 kmpl
Rs 4.34 Lakh
CAPTAIN AMERICA 1.0 MT  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Manual, Petrol, 24.04 kmpl
Rs 4.34 Lakh
CAPTAIN AMERICA 1.0 AMT  (Discontinued)

999 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 24.04 kmpl
Rs 4.94 Lakh

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Renault KWID 2015-2019 Mileage

Variant Transmission Mileage (ARAI) Mileage City Overall Mileage Highway Mileage
Petrol Manual  25.17 kmpl 22.89 kmpl - -
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Renault KWID 2015-2019 review

A small car makes total sense for India. They are practical for the jam-packed roads that we encounter, repairs are affordable in case of the unfortunate scruff and they are quite reliable in the long run. Needless to say, these factors make hatchbacks account for maximum volume of car sales in India. For a very long time now, Maruti’s offering, the Alto has been the undisputed king of the segment. Cars such as the Hyundai Eon, Tata Nano and Datsun Go have tried hard to displace the Alto. All they’ve been able to do is scratch the surface.

Renault is fairly confident that the Kwid might be ‘The One’. Does it have what it takes to overturn a dictatorship? We find out!


Pros:

1. Perfect Price Point. Ex-Showroom Prices start at 2.7 Lacs and go up to 3.6 Lacs for the Top-End.

2. SUV inspired styling. The cladding and muscular elements makes it look like nothing else in the segment.

3. The most fuel efficient petrol engine in India.  ARAI rating stands at 25.17kmpl.

4. Spacious cabin compared to contemporaries.


Cons:

1. ABS option not available even on the high-end variant.

2. Interiors reek of cost cutting. Quality of materials could have been better.

3. The engine is noisy and vibrations unpalatable.

4. Best suited for city use alone. Runs out of breath on the highway.

5. The competition offers more power engine options. i.e., Alto K10 & Eon 1.0.


Stand Out Features:

1. Touch Screen Media – Nav system is the Best in class.

2. Digital Instrument Cluster is funky with a host of read outs that have never before been seen on in the segment. Shows distance to empty average & and real-time fuel consumption too!


Overview:

Renault is targeting a market share of 5% in India by the end of 2017. The Kwid played an important role so far by gathering huge amount of bookings from the auto enthusiasts. It is now proving to be a tough competitor for Maruti. We first saw the Kwid concept at the 2014 Auto Expo. It created a real buzz with its futuristic mars rover like styling.

The Kwid is basically a hatchback on stilts. It would be a sin to call it an SUV. We wouldn’t really call it a cross over either. It has muscular lines running through and the black plastic cladding further makes it feel like an SUV. Some would say someone put the Duster on 70% in the copier. We love the styling and is one of the freshest looking cars.

You could call the Kwid a truly global car. It’s been designed at Renault’s design centre in Mumbai with inputs from Korea, France & Japan. Each country contributed in the department that they’re best in to get this car up and running.

They have really tried hard to keep the price in check with this one, and they’ve pulled off 98% localization with the Kwid. Powering this vehicle is a 0.8-litre petrol engine that boasts a highest fuel economy of 25.17kmpl (ARAI)! A pretty sweet deal we feel! Now, at the Delhi Auto Expo 2016, the firm has unveiled more powerful variants of KWID with 1.0-litre petrol engine under the hood. This engine would be made available with a five speed manual and an AMT transmission, which the Renault calls it as Easy-R AMT. Although, its details have not been confirmed, it is estimated that the vehicle would come in the upcoming festive season.


Exterior

Renault is the first to introduce an SUV feel to the entry level hatch. It looks fresh compared to the already aged looking Alto. The tall stance & beefed up black plastic wheel arches add to the SUV appeal.

On the front, the grill has a futuristic pattern. The only chrome on the front is the diamond Renault logo. If you love the chrome, the honeycomb grill can be customised. Renault is offering a whole deal of customization options to make your Kwid a one off on the road.

The bumper gets some bulges to add muscle and houses round fog lamps. The small air dam at the bottom continues to get the same styling as the grill.

The car isn’t too tall and the side is characterised by a high window line and large windows. The black slats at the bottom are not plastic but merely a vinyl sticker. You can upgrade to a plastic cladding from the accessories option at the dealership level.

The car sits on 13-inch rims and 155mm rubber with just 3 lug nuts to fasten them. We feel 4 bolts would have given them a better appeal. 3 lug nuts take our minds directly to the Tata Nano. The Eon offers a similar tyre & rim combination, while the Nano and the Alto 800 offer thinner 135 & 145 mm tyres on 12 inch rims.

The outside mirror and door handles are conventional units and done in black. The plastic quality is a bit of a let-down and the mirrors are not adjustable from the inside, something that is provided on the Alto 800. The side turn indicator bulbs are mounted on the front wheel arch. You will find the variant badging on the side behind the rear window.

At the back, badging is minimalistic. The tail lamps are a basic affair. The Renault and Kwid badges take centre stage on the tail, while a small Renault badge sits on the left. The bottom part of the bumper gets black cladding as standard. Not even the top variants get an option for body colour bumpers.

At the top, the roof houses a U shaped depression. This is to increase the rigidity and compensate for the thinner sheet metal used. All variants get an integrated roof spoiler which adds character. Along with this you get a long antenna FM antenna. You can also get roof rails from the accessories store at the dealership.

The Kwid gets only a single wiper on the front and no option for a rear wiper. It’s a cost cutting feature, but, it does do the job in covering most of the windshield area with every swipe. This mist function is only available from the top end (RXT) variant. This sprays a small mist of washer fluid instead of a stream followed by a quick swipe by the wiper. None of the cars in the segment offer this function.

In terms of dimensions, the Kwid stands at 3679mm in terms of length, which stands 2nd in the segment. The Datsun Go leads by a margin of over 100mm. The ground clearance is again top notch at 180mm which is good for the speed breakers, but this gives the car a feeling as if it’s on stilts. The wheel base stands at 2422mm. This is higher than the Eon & the Alto. The kerb weight tips the scales at 660kgs, which is almost 50kgs lighter than the Nano! It also boasts of best in class boot space at 300 litres in its segment.

We love the aggressive SUV-like styling of the KWID and it is well proportioned. We’re sure it’ll be well received in the market too with the trend changing from hatchbacks to crossovers and SUVs.


Interior:

With a price tag like the Kwid, we expect that you would have to compromise somewhere. The interior usually takes the brunt when heavy cost cutting is involved. That is not true with the Kwid. The designers have made sure there have been no compromises with anything that the driver will use on a day to day basis. The quality of plastics however, will be a bit of a letdown.

As soon as you enter, the Kwid the first to thing to catch your eye is the 7” touchscreen infotainment system, borrowed from the Duster. The system is surrounded by a piano black bezel and a touch of chrome as a contrast to the single tone grey dash. This system gives you navigation, USB, aux and Bluetooth connectivity. This is the only car in the segment which provides an option for a factory fitted touch screen infotainment system.

The air con functions are housed below the infotainment system. The knobs get a chrome garnish and feel good to use. The air vents on either end are round with chrome inserts and the ones on the centre are rectangular with the knobs getting a bit of chrome. All can be shut independently. The low-end variant, however, doesn’t get air conditioning.  

Right below that are  the buttons for hazard lights, power windows and central locking. A clear cost saving step so that they didn’t have to put a switch each on the driver and passenger’s side. They are equally accessible by both. There is a mystery empty round space. Whisper is that this is where the AMT (Automatic Manual Transmission) knob will be. We have our fingers crossed!

Below this console and ahead of the gear stick lie the cup holders and a 12v charging point. You get a small cubby between the handbrake and the gear stick. A standard affair really.

From the driver’s point of view, you get a nice little steering wheel. It's good to hold and stylish to look at. Push the key into ignition and you find out that the Kwid is not a one trick pony with the infotainment system. The orange illuminated instrument cluster is a class above! It gets a neat read out of the speed and a small strip that displays a host of readouts. It shows the odometer, distance to empty, a trip meter, real-time fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, distance travelled, trip fuel consumption and average speed as well. All these read outs can be alternated by pressing the reset button which is housed near the fuel read out.

The headlight and indicator stalks are easy to access from the steering wheel. It has a lane change feature. On a small tap, it blinks the indicator thrice and shuts off on its own.

On the passenger side, there are two glove boxes. The one on the top gets a cut out to hold a water bottle. The glove box at the bottom is large too! Again, there is an open storage shelf between the two.

The front speakers are mounted on either end of the dash. The sound quality is okay-ish. You won’t be able to blast bass heavy music from these. Music aficionados will want to upgrade.

The front seats get a triple tone red – grey – black upholstery. The headrests are fixed and not adjustable. The seats are more comfortable than the Alto and offer more space with good under thigh support.

Moving to the back, it’s clearly the winner compared to the Alto & the Eon. Tall people are more comfortable here compared to when sitting in the competition. Three abreast would fit in but would be uncomfortable. Two would be perfect at the back. The rear seats get similar triple tone upholstery as the front. The seats lack contours and the cushion used in comfortable.  Seating is fairly high which gives a good view.

The seat belts, however, are non-retractable and look like an afterthought. You constantly have to keep pushing them back in before closing the door. They also make the rear look messy. The rear windows don’t get power windows either; you have to manually wind them. We were hoping for an option at the higher variants at least. Overall, this is one of the best rear benches in the segment.  

Moving to the back, you have to access the boot by using the knob under the front seat or by the key. The boot space is HUGE! The 300-litre boot is one of the best, not only in its entry-level segment but one of the best in the complete hatchback segment. If this doesn’t fill your appetite for space, the rear seats fall absolutely flat giving all the space you will ever need.

The wheel arch shows as bare metal, looking ugly, but you’re not really going to spend much time here. Below the boot lining is a full sized spare wheel.

Our final verdict of the interiors: you get a lot of features for your money! Renault has tastefully done the interiors (on a budget) so that it doesn’t hamper with your experience when you spend time inside the car.

Performance


Petrol

The engine on the Kwid is an all new 800cc unit. Point to be noted, 50% of the total development cost of the Kwid was diverted towards the development of the engine. With such high focus towards the engine, Renault has ended up developing the most fuel efficient petrol engine in India! ARAI ratings stand at 25.17kmpl. In comparison, ARAI ratings for the Alto stand at 22.74kmpl and Eon at 21.1kmpl. The engine is a 3 cylinder unit which churns out 53.3 bhp and 74Nm of torque @ 4,386rpm which is 6bhp more than the Alto 800. The Eon, however, churns out 2bhp more, but it is heavier at the same time.

This is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The gear ratios are well optimised. The engine is comfortable with just one person in the vehicle, but load it with passengers and some luggage - it will struggle.

In terms of refinement, we didn’t have much to complain as it does well when compared to others in the segment. A few vibrations do creep in on occasion, but the engine is happy in the higher rpm’s. We really loved what the Noise and Vibrations people at Renault did with the insulation.

The cabin felt miles ahead of the competition.

This car has been made to be a city runabout and does its duty perfectly. It does feel stressed on highways and on slopes, but the car was not really designed to go there often.

As we all know, Renault has just took wraps off the 1.0-litre versions of KWID at the Delhi Auto Show 2016. One of them comes with a manual gearbox and the other one is paired to an automated manual transmisssion (Easy-R AMT) technology. Details regarding these models have not been disclosed by the manufacturer but, expect this concept model to be more powerful than any of its nearest rivals. After 0.8-litre petrol mill, this 1.0-litre motor is the new one that is expected to produce a power of somewhere approximately 70bhp along with a torque of 90Nm. Expect the vehicle to arrive in festive season or by the end of this year.


Ride & Handling

Renault has always been known to offer great ride and handling with its Duster and Lodgy. This trait is clearly visible on the Kwid too. Being a city car, the suspension has been set up on the soft side. It takes pot holes and the occasional kaccha roads really well. The higher ground clearance translates to body rolls on tight corners. It still is fun to chuck about as the handling is predictable. The drawback is the large 5m turning radius. In comparison, the Alto 800 gets a shorter 4.6m turning radius. Getting in and out of tight spaces with the Kwid will lead to a little extra effort.

The brakes have adequate bite and get the car to a halt without any fuss. That said, the Kwid is best suited for a relaxed driving style rather than a spirited one. Braking really hard will cause the front-wheels to lock up since there’s no ABS.

In terms of steering, the unit is light at low speeds continues to be so at high speeds which is a bit of a let-down.


Overall, keep the car in the city and below 100kmph and you will have nothing to complain about.


Safety

The Kwid hasn’t gone through a crash test yet. Once it undergoes a test, we don’t expect it to score very high. In terms of safety features, the Kwid gets an option for a single driver side airbag on the top-end (RXT-O) variant. We would have loved for an option to have a passenger side airbag too. The other set back is the lack of ABS on any variant.


Variants:

The Kwid is offered with a total of 6 variants.

The base variant (STD) is the most stripped out version. You get no power steering or AC. The next (RXE) variant gets an AC with few other features, but no power steering again. This can be quite tiring to drive. The 2 din entertainment system is an optional extra on this trim.

The mid-level RXL has an electronic power steering and offers the most value in terms of providing the minimum amount of features required for a decent commute. The 7” infotainment system is available only on the top-end (RXT) variant. This variant also comes with front power windows and fog lamps. This variant suits best for people who are ready to splurge a bit on the Kwid as their 2nd car for city commuting. The driver side airbag, however, is an option.

We recommend buying the variant mid-spec (RXL) as we feel it gives you most value for money. But if you want the touchscreen feature and the airbag, you will have to upgrade to the RXT-O variant.


Verdict

The Kwid is amongst the best options in the segment. As an overall package, it provides distinctive styling, good driving performance and a good list of accessories. It also beats its competitors in terms of interior space and fuel economy.  The only thing that Renault needs to do is provide exceptional service and after-sales service and be able to put up with the demand. Maruti Suzuki Alto, you have finally met your match!

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